So I think I have mentioned before that I am a novice knitter. My Tumbleweed partner, Kitman, is our expert in all things knitting. When I was growing up my grandmother taught me to crochet so I know that I have some aptitude for crafts with needles. But that was many, many, years ago, and a few things have replaced that information in my already overworked brain. And when she was teaching me she only spoke Spanish and I unfortunately barely have the gift of English. So I am not sure how much of it took in the first place. So I have begun my journey to proudly and without hesitation call myself a knitter.
I began this journey with buying a beginner’s knitting book at Half Price bookstore. I worked on several of the projects to get a feel for the terminology, different stitches, and reading patterns. The fruits of my labor being several random pot holders.
It was fun, but I was anxious to make something that I could wear. I tried socks. My hands and brain were not ready for 4 needles and shaping. So my friend Cindy and I found this pattern by Lijuan Jing that we decided to do together. My first knit-along! Cindy assured me that I should not be afraid of more then 2 needles and the fact that it said “intermediate pattern” should not dissuade me from trying. Well, the scarf that I made did not come easily and no one should look too closely at the stitching–but I am proud of the final result. If for nothing else, I would not let dropping stitches, losing count, and a host of other frustrations deviate me from finishing the project. So like a 6 year old child showing mom my hand painted pencil holder, made from a milk carton covered in Popsicle sticks, I proudly share my Swirl Scarf with you. Next challenge…back to socks.